Liverpool summer signing Emre Can has revealed he turned down the chance to re-join Bayern Munich by opting to move to Merseyside.
The Reds completed a €12 million deal for the German U21 international after he made a number of impressive performances for Bayer Leverkusen last season.
The defensive midfield area was a problem for Brendan Rodgers’ side last season as an injury to Lucas saw Steven Gerrard drop back to fill in due to a lack of cover.
Presumably a top priority this summer, the Merseyside hierarchy opted for Can although it has now been revealed they were in tough competition for his signature with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Pep Guardiola’s side had a buyback clause inserted into his contract, but with the clause not active until next year, Can opted to choose the Reds this year and reveals his reasons to the Liverpool Echo.
“Bayern had a buyback clause but that didn’t kick in until next year,” he explained. “There were some discussions with Bayern this summer but I decided the best thing for me would be to accept the opportunity to come to Liverpool.”
“Before I came here I had discussions with Brendan Rodgers and that made my mind up. From those talks I was very positive about this move.”
“This whole club is very ambitious and positive about how it wants to play football. That’s the way I want to play football too. Liverpool believe in the same things and that’s why I came here. I want to stay here for a long time.”
Can made his debut for the Reds as a second-half substitute during the 3-1 loss at Premier League title rivals Manchester City.
The 20-year-old has so far endured a lengthy spell on the side-lines due to injury although he remains hopeful of returning to first-team training next week.